Yup, that wonderful time of year when flowers are bought, chocolates are eaten, love is abound, and women are adorned in jewelry! My daughter is absolutely ECSTATIC about valentines day this year. She loves hearts, loves pink, and is so excited to hand out her valentines at preschool. Like mother like daughter apparently :)
I've always wondered the origins of Valentines day. How it became all hearts and lovey-dovey (insert goo-goo eyes at that word hehe). I knew it wasn't a very happy beginning, so I decided for the sake of those readers who are actually reading this (thank you, by the way, for indulging me) to actually find out the origins of Valentine's day. Here is a short history (borrowed from About.com), should you wish to read it. If not, you may skip to the end (I won't fuss... much):
"Three hundred years after the death of Jesus Christ, the Roman emperors still demanded that everyone believe in the Roman gods. Valentine, a Christian priest, had been thrown in prison for his teachings. On February 14, Valentine was beheaded, not only because he was a Christian, but also because he had performed a miracle. He supposedly cured the jailer's daughter of her blindness. The night before he was executed, he wrote the jailer's daughter a farewell letter, signing it "From Your Valentine." Another legend tells us that this same Valentine, well-loved by all, received notes to his jail cell from children and friends who missed him.
Another Valentine was an Italian bishop who lived at about the same time, AD 200. He was imprisoned because he secretly married couples, contrary to the laws of the Roman emperor. Some legends say he was burned at the stake.
Feast of Lupercalia
The ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February, held in honor of a goddess. Young men randomly chose the name of a young girl to escort to the festivities. With the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February. The Christians had come to celebrate February 14 as the saint day that celebrated the several early Christian martyrs named Valentine.
Choosing a Sweetheart on Valentine's Day
The custom of choosing a sweetheart on this date spread through Europe in the Middle Ages, and then to the early American colonies. Throughout the ages, people also believed that birds picked their mates on February 14!
In AD 496 Sain Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 as "Valentine's Day". Although it's not an official holiday, most Americans observe this day.
Whatever the odd mixture of origins, St Valentine's Day is now a day for sweethearts. It is the day that you show your friend or loved one that you care. You can send candy to someone you think is special. Or you can send roses, the flower of love. Most people send "valentine" a greeting card named after the notes that St Valentine received in jail.
Probably the first greeting cards, handmade valentines, appeared in the 16th century. As early as 1800, companies began mass-producing cards. Initially these cards were hand-colored by factory workers. By the early 20th century even fancy lace and ribbon-strewn cards were created by machine."Interesting, no? I only ever knew about the beheading part, not the rest. Anyway, in honor of St. Valentines day, and to keep up with tradition of jewelry intertwined with gift-giving sweethearts, here are some awesome new pieces for you love birds! These are on sale in our shop, or over on our facebook page :)
Oh, and just a quick reminder to make sure you head over to THIS post and enter to win an awesome beaded scarf of your choice! Draw will be done February 28, 2014! Good Luck!
Happy Valentines Day everyone!